Dr Roula Nezi

Lecturer in Political Science
+44 (0)1483 686635
20 DK 03
Mondays 2pm - 4pm and Wednesdays 11am -12pm (only during teaching weeks)

Academic and research departments

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Politics.


University roles and responsibilities

  • Director of Postgraduate Research

Previous roles

Post-Doctoral Researcher
University of Konstanz
Senior Researcher
GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences


Research interests

Research projects


Postgraduate research supervision

My teaching

My publications


Lefkofridi Zoe, Nezi Roula (2019) Responsibility versus responsiveness&to Whom? A theory of party behavior,Party Politics Sage Publications
Late Peter Mair argued that, in the contemporary multilevel institutional setting of global governance, parties are faced
with a dilemma between Responsiveness and Responsibility (RR dilemma). However, Mair did not theorize variation in
how different parties experience the RR dilemma (degrees of tension) and how they manage it (strategies). We develop
his work in three ways: first, we advance variants of the RR dilemma, where the tension party leaders face differs, and
elucidate how viable contenders for executive office are likely to behave in each of these scenarios, and why. Second, we
highlight domestic institutional factors (electoral rules and leadership autonomy) that regulate the pressure for
responsiveness to public opinion and to partisans. Third, we place the RR dilemma in the context of multidimensional
issue competition, which helps identify strategies for managing it. Finally, we provide an empirical illustration of our
arguments using data on public opinion and partisans. We show that although responsibility can be combined with (some)
voters? representation, tension is high when leaders are constrained and partisans oppose responsibility even if the public
endorses it; also, under disproportional electoral rules when the public opposes responsibility, even if party supporters
endorse it.

Additional publications